The entire Rydal Penrhos community was back on-site for the first time this year.
This year did not start as many had hoped with another educational lockdown following growing concerns surrounding COVID-19. Rydal Penrhos pupils young and old were forced into another spell of remote learning from the comfort of their own homes, with teaching staff providing an exceptional provision that enabled development to continue during such uncertain times.
With coronavirus cases falling across the country, there has been a gradual return for year groups in recent weeks thanks to the Welsh Government‘s decision to relax restrictions and get children back to school. The final stage of this came on Monday 22 March, with Years 7-9 joining the rest of the school community back for some welcome face-to-face learning.
This was the first time that the entire Rydal Penrhos community has been together on-site in 2021. Every possible precaution has been taken to make sure that each pupil feels safe and is able to thrive, which has come following a sterling effort behind the scenes from teaching and support staff.
The school has gone above and beyond the call of duty to make sure that there is still some semblance of normality in recent months. Rydal Penrhos’ structured online provision was not too dissimilar to a normal school day, with teachers always on hand for support and guidance both academically and from a wellbeing standpoint.
Parents and pupils deserve a tremendous amount of credit for the way they have applied themselves throughout the latest lockdown, which will hopefully be the last. This approach to academic progression was further reflected with the recent iGCSE mathematics results, which saw 83 per cent of those who sat the paper secure A*-A marks.
There has been a real buzz all across the school as pupils see their friends in class bubbles for the first time. Things have not been easy for any of them over the last 12 months, but they can look back on their conduct and ability to adapt over the last 12 months with an enormous sense of pride.
Bringing Years 7-9 pupils back for the final week of the spring term gives them time to make the transition into a school environment before their well-deserved break. The summer term will hopefully have less in the way of complications surrounding it providing there is no further rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.
On behalf of everyone at Rydal Penrhos, we would like to offer a big thank you and welcome back to Years 7-9 this week. Well done on your incredible commitment during online learning!
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